Wrestling World C’ships as it happened: Vinesh pins Prevolaraki to clinch 53kg bronze medal
Here are live updates from day five of the Wrestling World Championship in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Vinesh Phogat clinches her first World Championship medal to beat Maria Prevolaraki of Greece by fall to win the bronze medal bout.
Pooja Dhanda lost 0-10 against Russia’s Liubov Ovcharova in the 59kg semi-finals.
Here is the report of the day’s proceeding.
You can read the report of Tuesday’s bouts here.
53kg bronze medal match: It’s a BRONZE. And Vinesh has done it. She wins the bout with a fall by pinning Maria Prevolaraki to win her first world championship medal.
53kg bronze medal match: After the first 3 minute round, Maria leads 1-0 with the passivity point given against Vinesh.
53kg bronze medal match: Shot clock on Vinesh now and if she can’t score a point in 30 seconds she will concede one for passivity.
53kg bronze medal match: Maria Prevolaraki has got a gash on her face and she bleeding. She gets it taped and is ready to fight.
53kg bronze medal match: Time for the bronze medal match for Vinesh Phogat. She and Maria walk out for the bout. Can Vinesh win her first world championship medal?
50kg: Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan takes the gold medal with a convincing 13-0 win over Emilia Alina Vuc in the final. Ekaterina Poleshchuk of Russia and Valentina Ivanova Islamova Brik of Kazakhstan clinch the two bronze medals.
This is Stadnik’s second world championship gold after a gap of 10 years. Her last title came in 2009 in Denmark.
5:15 pm: The medal bouts will start in about 15 minutes with Vinesh Phogat’s bronze medal match against Maria Prevolaraki expected to start around 5.45 pm
76kg update: Kiran Bishnoi is also knocked out of the competition without a repechage lifeline after Germany’s Aline Rotter Focken goes down 2-5 against Adeline Maria Gray of USA in the semi-final. Focken had to reach the final for Kiran to get into the repechage round.
65kg update: Navjot Kaur’s hopes of a repechage are dusted after Elis Manolova goes down 4-6 against Inna Trazhukova of Russia in the semi-finals.
59kg semi-final: Pooja Dhanda could not replicate the form that helped her upset Yuzuka Inagaki in the quarter-finals. She goes down 0-10 against Russia’s Liubov Ovcharova. Ovcharova got hold of Dhanda’s weakness early on and did not let go. It ended quickly. Dhanda got caught trying to do a big move once and lost points there as well.
76kg update: Kiran Bishnoi’s chances of making it to the medal rounds through repechage stayed alive after Focken booked her semi-final berth by beating Belinska of Ukraine 5-1. If she reaches the final later in the day, the Indian will be in repechage round.
You can read what Vinesh had to say after booking her Olympic berth here.
65kg update: Navjot Kaur’s chances of making it to the repechage round stay strong after Elis Monolova registers another victory by fall, this time against Kadriye Aksoy to reach the semi-finals. The Azerbaijan wrestler would bring the Indian back in contention if she wins her semi-final bout later in the day.
59 kg quarterfinals: That’s a big UPSET from Pooja Dhanda. She was trailing 0-5 and closed the gap with a four point throw. Yuzuka Inagaki, the Asian champion, still managed to take a 7-6 lead before another four point throw gave the Indian the lead and she maintained that advantage to reach the semi-finals with a 11-8 victory since Japanese also lost the challenge.
57kg update: Sarita Mor is out of repechage contention after Japan’s Risako Kawai defeats Anastasia Nichita in the quarterfinals 5-0
While Navjot clearly struggled, here is a video of Vinesh’s bout that sealed her Tokyo Olympic berth to cheer you up before Pooja takes the mat for her quarter-final bout.
65kg Round of 16: Navjot Kaur was no match to Monolova as she loses by fall. She will have to wait for a repechage route and hope Monolova reaches the finals.
65kg Round of 16: Navjot Kaur, first Indian women’s wrestler to win a Asian Championships gold is up next against Elis Monolova of Azerbaijan. This category is not an Olympic weight category.
59kg quarterfinals: Pooja will have her task cut out against Yuzuka, who defeated Choi by a fall in first round. The Japanese is the reigning world junior champion in 62 kg and Asian champion in 59 kg category.
59 kg Round of 16: Pooja Dhanda advances to the quarter-finals with a commanding 12-2 win over Katsiaryna Hanchar Yanushkevich. She led 4-0 after first round. She will run into the winner of the Yuzuka Inagaki (JPN) vs. Yeonwoo Choi (KOR) bout next.
53 kg repechage: Vinesh has won India’s Olympic berth in women’s wrestling as she defeated Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt 8-2 in the second repechage round and also book her berth for the bronze medal match against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece. Vinesh was once again clincial with her strategy and dominated the American through out.
50kg repechage: Seema Bisla showed some spunk but her attacking intention in the first round did not bore fruit as Ekaterina Poleshchuk of Russia took a 6-1 lead and then maintained it to reach the bronze medal match. Seema knocked out of competition 11-3.
76kg qualification round: Kiran Bishnoi’s ultra defensive tactics after taking a 4-1 lead cost her dearly as she got pushed out of the mat twice and then Aline Rotter Focken of Germany managed a takedown in the last one minute to win the bout 5-4.
Kiran’s chances of repechage will depend on whether Focken can make it to the final.
57 kg qualification round: Sarita Mor goes down against 2018 world junior champion Anastasia Nichita of Moldova 1-5. The only point the Indian scored was a penalty given to her opponent as she was unable to break down the Moldovian’s defence.
First loss for the Indian contingent on day 5.
50 kg repechage: That was some fightback from Seema. She scored two valuable points after trailing 9-7 till the last minute to beat Nigeria’s Miesinnei Mercy Genesis on countback to reach the second repechage round.
She will now face Ekaterina Poleshchuk of Russia in the second repechage round.
53 kg repechage: Vinesh Phogat took her first step towards a medal and Olympic berth as she defeated Blahinya 5-0 in the first repechage round. The Indian began with three points in the first round, scoring one takedown. She then scored another takedown in the second round and also showed good defensive skills to not concede a single point.
She will now take on USA’s Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt in the second repechage round.
10.30 AM: Vinesh will start the proceeding for Indian grapplers on day 5 as she takes on Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya of Ukraine in the first repechage round of the 53 kg category.
India’s biggest hope in women’s wrestling Vinesh Phogat had a mixed day on Tuesday as she breezed through her opening bout against Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson but then came across a rampaging Mayu Mukaida of Japan.
The Japanese made it to the final and threw Vinesh a lifeline of the repechage round and the 25-year-old will on Wednesday look to put behind yesterday’s disappointment and aim for a medal and an Tokyo Olympic berth in th3 53 kg category.
Indian wrestling fans would expect similar effort from Seema Bisla in the 50 kg category after she also sneaked into the repechage round after her conquerer in the round of 16, three-time Olympic medallist Mariya Stadnik made it to the final.
Four more Indians would be in action on Wednesday with Sarita (57 kg), Pooja Dhanda (59 kg), Navjot Kaur (65 kg), Kiran (76 kg) looking to make a mark.